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, the president of the united states will accept his party's presidential nomination at the conclusion of the dnc. >> choosing charlotte to host our convention was no accident. north carolina is a critical battle ground state in the election. >> reporter: the dnc chairman says this convention is anything but conventional. >> we're doing things differently than any convention you've ever seen. we're throwing the doors open and inviting thousands of americans to be part of this convention in many different ways. >> reporter: the dnc is known for its firsts. in 1832, the first dnc was held in a baltimore saloon. a hundred years later, franklin delano roosevelt was the first major party candidate to accept the nomination in person. in 1940, fdr's wife eleanor was the first woman to address a national political convention. in 1984, geraldine ferraro was the first woman placed on the national ticket by a major party. in 2000, the first jewish candidate. and this year, the first hispanic to deliver the keynote address at the dnc. preparations for the four-day convention have been under way for months. t
just out of high school and he's walking across the united states. he calls this walk dude trek. i suppose only a teenager could do it. fox 5 caught up with him as he passed through his home state of maryland. >> reporter: with one change of clothes, a map on his belt, and the magic of music, this maryland kid is hitting the road. >> my name is jonah boyer. i'm 18 years old and i'm hiking the american discovery trail. >> reporter: walking along the long miles between delaware and san francisco. >> just over 5000. >> reporter: the reason? >> i wanted to do something. i wanted to have an adventurous moment in my life. >> reporter: jonas, from eldersburg in carroll county, when he graduated from high school in june, he decided to postpone college. >> my mom, her first instinct was just like, you're crazy. no, you're going to college. >> reporter: mom has come around a bit, and dude trek, as he calls it, started week ago. he gets a lot of questions. >> what are you doing? what are you doing? what is dude trek? why do you smell so bad? i've gone three days without a shower so far. >> it
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